PORTS FACE TOTAL SHUTDOWN NATIONWIDE

Written by on December 7, 2020

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ROAD TRANSPORT OWNERS, NARTO, AND NATIONAL UNION OF PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS WORKERS, NUPENG, HAVE ALL THROWN THEIR WEIGHT BEHIND THE WARNING STRIKE DECLARED BY THE MARITIME WORKERS UNION OF NIGERIA, MWUN, WHICH IS BILLED TO START WEDNESDAY TO PROTEST TAKE OVER OF APAPA-OSHODI EXPRESSWAY BY HEAVY DUTY TRUCKS.

THE GRIDLOCK HAS NEGATIVELY IMPACTED APAPA AND ITS ENVIRON, WHICH HAS MADE LIFE NOT ONLY UNBERABLE FOR RESIDENTS OF THE AREA BUT ALSO CRIPPLED BUSINESSES LOCACATED IN THE AXIS. 

THIS COMPELLED MWUN TO CONVOKE A MEETING AT THE WEEKEND TO SENSITIZE STAKHOLDERS IN THE MARITIME SECTOR ON THE NEED FOR THE STRIKE.

PRESIDENT GENERAL OF MWUN, PRINCE ADEYANJU ADEWALE, WHO DROPPED HINT OF THE STRIKE YESTERDAY,  SAID THE UNION WOULD DECIDE ITS NEXT LINE OF ACTION, IF AFTER THE THREE DAYS, GOVERNMENT FAILED TO FIX THE ROADS LEADING TO THE TWO PORTS AND THE AREA AND ADDRESS THE ACCOMPANYING TRAFFIC BOTTLENECK. 

HE ADDED THAT THE STRIKE OUGHT TO HAVE TAKEN PLACE BEFORE NOW BUT NOTED THAT IT WAS SUSPENDED BECAUSE OF APPEALS BY THE GOVERNMENT.

HOWEVER, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT APPEALED TO THE UNION LAST NIGHT NOT TO EMBARK ON THE STRIKE, SAYING WORK ON THE EXPRESSWAY WAS DELAYED BY COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND #ENDSARS PROTESTS WHICH TOOK PLACE NATIONWIDE RECENTLY.


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